OSF St. Joseph Medical Center

Awards, Certifications & Recognitions

 American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR)

In August 2016, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center received a three-year certification by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), recognizing  our commitment to improving quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer-review accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by AACVPR and other professional societies. AACVPR-certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available.

American College of Radiology Accreditations

In October 2013, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center – College Avenue Imaging Services was awarded a three-year term of reaccreditation in four categories by the American College of Radiology (ACR): mammography, computed tomography, breast ultrasound, and general ultrasound. The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. For more information, visit the ACR website.

American Heart Association Get with the Guidelines

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers health care teams to save lives and reduce health care costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations. For more information, visit heart.org/quality.

Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

OSF St. Joseph Medical Center received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award in May of 2016, for the sixth year in a row. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Becker's Hospital Review

OSF St. Joseph Medical Center is honored to be named among Becker's Hospital Review’s 2016 list of "100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Heart Programs."

The hospitals included on the annual list are national leaders in multiple aspects of cardiovascular care. They have received recognition for clinical excellence for certain procedures, such as heart bypass and valve surgeries, and treatment of heart failure and heart attack patients. These hospitals also support heart education and disease prevention efforts.

At OSF St. Joseph, 90 percent of coronary artery bypass surgery cases are done as beating heart surgery, so patients avoid the heart lung machine. Heart care specialists also take a team approach between the cardiovascular surgeons, hospitalists and staff to treat each patient.

Blue Distinction Center 

In April 2016, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois has selected OSF St. Joseph as a Blue Distinction Center facility in two categories: knee and hip replacement and spine surgery. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated health care facilities shown to deliver improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on measures developed with input from the medical community. OSF St. Joseph is one of only two hospitals in the state to earn the Blue Distinction Center designation in knee and hip replacement, and one of four in Illinois to be recognized in the spine surgery category. For more information, visit the BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois website.

FOTO® Outcomes Excellence Certificate

In 2013 and again in 2014, OSF Rehabilitation Services at OSF St. Joseph was awarded an Outcomes Excellence Certificate from Focus On Therapeutic Outcomes, Inc. (FOTO®), a nationwide outcomes data base and reporting service for health care providers. For more information, visit the FOTO website.

Healthgrades®

Healthgrades® is the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. More than 225 million consumers use the Healthgrades® websites to search, evaluate, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals that best meet their treatment needs.

America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Vascular Surgery Award

OSF St. Joseph was named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for vascular surgery outcomes in 2016 and 2017.

The award recognizes hospitals for superior outcomes in abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, carotid surgery, and peripheral vascular bypass surgery. Patients who have these procedures at these nationally recognized hospitals have a lower risk of experiencing a complication during their hospital stay.

America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery Award

OSF St. Joseph was named to this list for 2017.

It recognizes hospitals for superior outcomes in back and neck surgeries and in spinal fusion procedures. Patients who have these procedures at these nationally recognized hospitals have a lower risk of experiencing a complication during their hospital stay.

Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award in 2015 & 2016

This award recognizes the top 10 percent of hospitals evaluated that provided outstanding performance in gynecologic surgery. Healthgrades Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award includes hysterectomy and surgery related to female reproductive and urinary systems.

Healthgrades evaluated 890 eligible hospitals across 17 states and awarded 90 hospitals the Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award.

In 2015, OSF St. Joseph was the only hospital in McLean County to achieve this recognition. As part of the award, OSF St. Joseph received:

  • 5-Star Recipient for Hysterectomies in 2015
  • 5-Star Recipient for Gynecologic Surgeries in 2015
  • 5-Star Recipient for Urogynecologic Surgeries and Procedures in 2015

Outstanding Patient Experience Award

In 2016, 2015, and 2014, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center received the HealthGrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award™.

This award recognizes hospitals for providing outstanding patient experience based on 10 measures related to doctor and nurse communication, hospital cleanliness and noise levels, and medication and post-discharge care instructions. The award is based on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) patient survey data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

5-Star Rating Recipient

OSF St. Joseph has also received a 5-star rating in the following categories of care: sepsis, total knee replacement, and spinal fusion. Healthgrades® ratings show the actual results patients experienced at the hospital. Five-star hospitals offer vastly better patient outcomes.

For more information, please visit our Healthgrades® Awards page  or Healthgrades® website.

HEALTHSTRONG™ Hospital

iVantage Health Analytics named OSF St. Joseph as a 2015 HEALTHSTRONG™ Hospital, one of only 18 Illinois hospitals to receive this national designation. 

The 2015 HEALTHSTRONG™ Hospitals, including OSF St. Joseph, highlights top performing hospitals rated as part of iVantage’s Hospital Strength INDEX™. The hospital strength index is the industry’s most comprehensive ratings system, leveraging publically available data. Hospitals are measured across nine equally weighted pillars of performance encompassing 56 different metrics. More information can be found at www.iVantageINDEX.com.

HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Stage 6 Designation

OSF St. Joseph has achieved Stage 6 designation of the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Adoption Model. The Stage 6 designation means OSF St. Joseph has fully implemented physician documentation/charting in patient care service areas. The medical center has also implemented a full complement of PACS systems, which provide medical images to physicians via an intranet and displaces all film-based images. For a comprehensive list of Stage 6 hospitals in the area, visit the HIMSS Analytics website

Illinois Department of Public Health

IDPH Primary Stroke Center

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) named OSF St. Joseph a Primary Stroke Center in April 2014 following the creation of stroke care systems in Illinois. OSF St. Joseph was the first hospital in McLean County to achieve this designation.

Illinois Healthy Worksite

In November of 2014, OSF St. Joseph was designated a Gold level recipient in the inaugural Illinois Healthy Worksite Designation program. Only 12 organizations in Illinois, and four in McLean County, have received this level of recognition. The designation is a three-year award.

Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative (ILPQC)

The Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative (ILPQC) recognized OSF St. Joseph Medical Center for our effort in decreasing early elective deliveries. This high recognition is earned by hospitals that promote medically safe, full-term pregnancies with mature deliveries after 39 weeks. To be part of the Early Elective Delivery initiative, hospitals need to have less than five percent early elective delivery rate. OSF St. Joseph has had a zero percent EED rate for more than two years.

Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL)

In August of 2011, OSF St. Joseph received a three-year accreditation from the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories’ (ICAEL) for the second consecutive time. Accreditation status signifies that the facility has been reviewed by an independent agency which recognizes the laboratory’s commitment to quality testing for the diagnosis of heart disease. For more information, visit the ICAEL website.

The Joint Commission

Joint Commission accreditation is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to meeting certain performance standards. To earn and maintain accreditation, an organization must undergo an on-site survey by a Joint Commission survey team at least every three years. For more information, visit The Joint Commission website.

Gold Seal of Approval

In March of 2014, OSF St. Joseph received The Joint Commission Accreditation - Gold Seal of Approval. Our complete Joint Commission information is available on the Joint Commission Accreditation page.

OSF St. Joseph has earned the Commission's Gold Seal of Approval every three years since 2005.

OSF St. Joseph earned the Gold Seal of Approval for Pathology & Clinical Laboratory from The Joint Commission in October 2013.

Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers

Since 2007, OSF St. Joseph has earned the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers every three years. This means OSF St. Joseph Medical Center is now a certified stroke center, a rare distinction for hospitals providing neuroscience care.

Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®

OSF St. Joseph has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.

OSF St. Joseph was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care.

The Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 by the Business Roundtable and has support from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Leapfrog's mission is to trigger giant leaps forward in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care by: supporting informed health care decisions by those who use and pay for health care; and, promoting high-value health care through incentives and rewards. For more information, visit The Leapfrog Group.

Hospital Safety Grade

In the Fall 2016 score update, OSF St. Joseph was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Grade. Scores range from A, B, C, D, and F, and are released every six months.

The hospital has accomplished the difficult task of being awarded Straight “A’s” since the inception of the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade in 2012.

To see how OSF St. Joseph compares nationally and locally to other hospitals, visit our our Hospital Safety Score page.

Magnet Certification

On March 20, 2014, the Commission on Magnet voted unanimously to re-designate OSF St. Joseph Medical Center a Magnet hospital. OSF St. Joseph joined the elite list of Magnet hospitals in 2008; the first in McLean County.

Magnet applicants undergo a rigorous evaluation process, including written documentation, extensive interviews, and an on-site review of nursing services. Magnet designation lasts four years, during which time the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) monitors the hospital closely to ensure it maintains high standards of care. ANCC is the world's largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization, and a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. 

For more information on Magnet certification, visit the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Truven Health Analytics

OSF St. Joseph was named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics in February 2016. The study, now in its 17th year, singled out 50 hospitals that achieved superior clinical outcomes in this critical area of hospital care.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the OSF St. Joseph Heart Surgery Program. Nearly 90 percent of coronary artery bypass surgery cases are done as beating heart surgery – allowing the patient to avoid the heart lung machine.

More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at 100tophospitals.com.

U.S. News & World Reports: America's Best Hospitals List

OSF St. Joseph was listed as the 35th best orthopedic hospital in Illinois by the U.S. News & World Reports: America's Best Hospitals list for 2013-14. The medical center scored a 39.7 in the Orthopedics category, based on reputation, mortality index, patient safety index, discharges, nurse staffing, Magnet hospital designation, key technologies, patient services, and trauma center availability.

This is not the first time OSF St. Joseph has been named to the Best Hospitals List; the medical center was proud to be listed in 2009-10 and again in 2011-12. To view the complete list of America’s Best Hospitals, visit the U.S. News website.

In October 2016, OSF St. Joseph named a Regionally Ranked Hospital, recognized in East Central Illinois, by U.S. News & World Reports. The medical center was also rated high performing in the nation for its expertise in treating four medical conditions: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease COPD, Colon Cancer Surgery, and Heart Failure.